Middleton Music Studio

Creative Music Technology

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About the course

Our innovative Creative Music Technology programme allows you to develop your talents as a performer, songwriter, composer, producer or sound engineer in a friendly and supportive environment, with an emphasis on the practical and technical aspects of music making. You will be able to work in our newly-built facilities which offer the latest technologies in sound recording, mixing, sound design, live performance and multimedia, and are available 24 hours a day. Our teaching is highly regarded, with 96% of students saying they were satisfied in the 2014 National Student Survey. And an added benefit of studying here is that you will be right at the heart of the action when Hull becomes UK City of Culture in 2017.

When you graduate from Hull you will be fully versed in industry-standard hardware and software. This course offers the opportunity to tailor your experience through a diverse range of modules that cover studio practice, production, composition of any style, sound and image, studio design, performance and musicology. You will learn and work in a cutting-edge, professional environment with industry-standard facilities and equipment which are among the very best in the university sector.


The teaching and learning in this degree takes place within an active and diverse music department. In the first year, you will take core modules in studio production, composition, performance and musicology.

As you progress through the course, you will be able to tailor your degree to the aspects of music which most interest you, with modules focusing on film and game audio, composing for film, electronic composition, live sound, songwriting, interactive technologies, acoustics and studio design – as well as performance, production and composition.

The final year of the degree includes a major project. Typically, this could be the production of an album of songs, a substantial compositional work, a production portfolio, a written dissertation or writing music for film, animation or computer games.

Masterclasses from industry specialists, composers and musicians supplement lectures, seminars and workshops. You will be assessed through performance, practical coursework, group and individual presentations, and examinations.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 280 points, including an A level in Music or Music Technology at grade C or above. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 200 points from two or more A levels, or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications.
  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM in relevant subject(s).
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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Future prospects

Our graduates’ success rate in finding suitable employment is very high. Graduates have gone on to various careers in the music industry, working as engineers at studios such as Metropolis and at the BBC, enjoying success as recording artists in a wide range of genres (on international labels including Brainfeeder), and touring internationally in bands such as Gallows.

Other careers include working in the radio industry, music librarianship, publishing, retail, lecturing, classroom and instrumental teaching and music therapy. Music graduates are also welcomed by employers in such non-musical fields as the Civil Service, accountancy, insurance and computing.

We help your search for employment with an excellent Careers Service. This offers a range of services to assist you to develop the skills looked for by employers, including skills workshops, practice interviews and practice ability tests, and have extensive information, both web-based and in printed format, which is kept up-to-date with the latest job and work experience vacancies, and changes to recruitment processes.

We maintain very close links with graduate employers, both on a local, regional, national and international level, so we can offer you the best advice available and work closely with academic colleagues and student committees to provide specific opportunities, information and events for your course. Many of our academic programmes offer you the opportunity to undertake an internship or work placement.